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vrijdag 17 november 2017

Living in Paradise

Millions of leaked documents called the Paradise Papers were recently released. The Netherlands play an important role in them. Do we live in paradise?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • fancy features - special and often expensive parts
  • to cover the costs - to make enough money to pay for the costs
  • profit - money that is made in a business, like a shop
  • tax - money that people and businesses have to pay to the government and that is used to pay for the things done by the government
  • roughly 30 cents - not exactly, but more or less 30 cents
  • purchase price - amount of money someone pays for something
  • to leak - to give secret information to someone so that it becomes known to the public
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. How much money does Nike make from selling the pair of shoes in the video?
  2. Why does most of the money Nike makes go straight to their company in the Netherlands?
  3. Is it legal what Nike is doing?
  4. What do other people think about the way Nike does business?
  5. For which people are the Netherlands paradise?
Extra words assignment
Explain what the underlined words and expressions mean.
1. The girl buying the shoes says: “Hold on, is that how much they cost?”
2. Nike is far from the only company contained in them.

vrijdag 10 november 2017

Guinness World Records Day

Thursday 9 November was Guinness World Records Day. Thousands of incredible titles were broken all over the globe.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to witness - to see something happen
  • attempt - act of trying something
  • sense the energy - feel the energy
  • pushing boundaries - trying to do things that go further than people think is possible
  • frontier - limit of how far people have gone in a particular field
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. What record did Richard Browning try to set?

  2. How heavy is Richard Browning’s equipment?

  3. What did Richard have to do to set a record?
    Name two criteria.

  4. This year, Richard Browning set a record. Now he wants to smash a record.
    Explain the difference between the two underlined expressions.

  5. What are Richard Browning's plans for “the next big frontier”?

Extra words assignment
For the following words, write down a word in the video with (almost) the same meaning.
- observe
- thrilling
- pleasure
- boundary

vrijdag 3 november 2017

Catalonia

What’s going on in Spain?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • seriously considering - thinking about really doing something
  • soccer - British/European football (with 2 teams of 11 players)
  • ultimate control - final power to make decisions about how things are managed and done
  • independence - freedom from control or support of others
  • determined - very firm, not prepared to give in
  • stalemate - a situation in a game, fight or discussion in which neither side can win
  • to back down - to stop fighting for something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Explain in your own words what the following question means:
    "What if the map of Spain were to change?"

  2. Where is Catalonia located?

  3. Catalonia used to be a country. In what year did that change?

  4. Is this the first time that Catalonia tries to become independent again?

  5. What does the Spanish government want?

vrijdag 27 oktober 2017

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Gitanjali Rao won the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • contaminated - dangerously dirty
  • lead - a heavy and soft metal that has a gray color; chemical element: Pb
  • to detect - to discover or notice something that is hidden
  • detection - when you discover or identify something that is hidden
  • to dip - to put something into water (or another liquid) and pull it out again quickly
  • the whole manual part - the part that you do with your hands
  • elevated levels of lead in his blood - more lead in his blood than is normal and healthy
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How old is Gitanjali Rao?

  2. Gitanjali’s invention is called Tethys. What does Tethys do?

  3. What gave Gitanjali the idea to make Tethys?

  4. How long did it take Gitanjali to make Tethys?

  5. What good advice does Gitanjali give at the end of the video (1:58)?

Extra speaking assignment
Watch the video once more.
1. Listen carefully to Gitanjali’s explanation of Tethys. (0:19 to 0:35)
2. Take notes of the main steps.
3. Explain in your own words how to use Tethys.

donderdag 5 oktober 2017

Mount Agung

There have been a lot of natural disasters all over the world in the past month. Now another one seems to be in the make. Find out more in the video.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • to lift a warning - to stop warning people about something
  • eruption - the event when rocks, ash, lava, etc. suddenly stream out of a volcano
  • to scare away - to make someone so afraid that they go away and stay away
  • residents - the people who live in a particular place
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Why are tourists staying away from Bali?

  2. How many villages are there on Bali?

  3. How many touristst visit Bali normally each week?

Extra writing and reading/listening assignment
1. Find out what the situation is on Bali now.
2. Write a short news report about this.
3. Write 75-100 words.
4. Also name the source (video or text) you used.

vrijdag 29 september 2017

World View

Find out why everybody is talking about US rapper B.o.B.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • once and for all - finally; definitely
  • to conspire - to make secret plans to do something bad or illegal
  • curve - smooth, rounded line or shape
  • proof - something which shows that something else is true or correct
  • a flurry of tweets - a lot of tweets shortly after one another
  • evidence - something which shows that something else exists or is true
  • conspiracy theory - theory that explains an event or situation as the result of a secret plan by a group of people
  • to expose - to make something known, like a secret, because you believe it is wrong or illegal
  • inconsistencies - statements that are not in agreement with each other
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What does B.o.B. want to prove once and for all?

  2. Why did B.o.B. start a crowdfunding campaign? And how much money does he want to raise?

  3. What does B.o.B. think about the first moon landing?

  4. Write down the names of the B.o.B. track dissing Neil DeGrasse Tyson and of the response rap Neil released.

  5. Complete B.o.B.’s final words about the subject: “Once you go .....”.
    Explain what he means.

Extra writing assignment
1. Listen to what Adam Bozarth asks at 1:06 till 1:12.
2. Write a comment to answer his questions.
30-50 words.

Extra listening assignment
1. Listen to the raps by B.o.B. and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. You can find them on YouTube.
2. For both tracks, write a short summary of what they are about.

Extra fun assignment
Watch this video.

vrijdag 22 september 2017

Shop of the Future

A supermarket in London is the first to use a new way of paying.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • veins - the tubes that carry blood from parts of the body back to the heart
  • spree - a short period of time when you do a lot of something
  • unique - unlike anything or anyone else; being the only one of its kind
  • hassle - something that is annoying or that causes trouble
  • retail - the sale of goods to private customers
  • speedy - fast, quick
  • impulse buying - seeing something and buying it immediately, without thinking about it first
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How does the new payment method work?

  2. Explain the meaning of the underlined phrases:
    the “unique layout of your veins which is virtually impossible to fake”.

  3. What is the first rule of retail?

  4. For which sorts of people could this payment method be dangerous?
    Explain why it could be dangerous for them.

Extra writing assignment
1. Watch the video once more.
2. Make a timeline or other historical overview of payment methods.

vrijdag 15 september 2017

Last Day of Summer

Summer is definitely over. Everybody is back at school. Do you still look back and smile when you think of those long days of freedom?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • barely - hardly, almost not
  • carefree - having no worries or problems
  • exhausting - making you very tired; very busy
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Kaia says: “I barely noticed it go by.” What does this mean?
    And why did Kaia barely notice summer go by?

  2. How did Kaia usually spend the summer when she was younger?

  3. What word does Kaia use to say the opposite of “exhausting”?

Extra writing assignment
1. Write a short diary entry about your own summer.
2. Start with: Dear Diary, ...
2. Write 75-100 words.

donderdag 29 juni 2017

20 Years of Harry Potter

Last Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book. Many readers still can’t get enough of the story.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • magical phenomenon - something that is very unusual and cannot be really explained
  • prestigious - respected and admired because it is very good or important
  • defeat - win against someone in a war or fight
  • spell - secret words that have magic power
  • countless - very many; so many that you cannot count them
  • required reading - reading assignments that you have to for some classes at school
  • moan - say things in a way that makes clear that you are unhappy about stuff
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What does J.K. Rowling say about the mail she gets?

  2. How did the students at Gaffney High School first feel about reading Harry Potter books?

  3. How did they feel about the books after they started reading them?

  4. Name two or more things the students do with the Harry Potter texts in class.

  5. According to the teacher, what is the most important lesson the students can learn from reading Harry Potter?

New Food

It’s almost summer vacation. If you’re going away, you might get a chance to try some new food. Maybe like in the video?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • mealworm - a baby insect that looks like a short fat worm
  • researcher - a person who studies something carefully and tries to discover new facts about it
  • leftovers - food that has not been eaten at a meal
  • meatballs - small balls of chopped or ground meat
  • ground up meat - meat that is cut into small pieces with the help of a special machine
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What kind of food are the researchers looking at?

  2. "It's a chocolate cake that might make you feel queasy."
    Can you guess what the underlined word means? Write your guess down.
    Next, look up the word in a dictionary.

  3. Listen to words that describe taste. Write down 3 or more of them.

  4. Why are the researchers experimenting with this kind of food?

  5. What does Vitalii Lynets think of this food.
    Do you think he's right? Explain your answer.

donderdag 25 mei 2017

Special Delivery

Check out this month’s trending comics cartoon.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • drive-thru - a business (such as a bank or restaurant) where customers can be served while remaining in their cars
  • large fry - big bag of fries
  • pull to the front - drive on and stop at the front
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How many things does guy in the car order?

  2. What does he say when he cannot understand the person answering through the speaker?
    Give at least two examples.

  3. The robber’s last words are: “Careful, it’s hot!”
    What does he mean: what is hot?

Extra speaking or writing assignment
Watch the video once more.
Now retell the whole story in your own words.

Flying High

President Trump took his first foreign trip this month. At the NATO summit in Brussels, he was joined by this unlikely fellow:
What’s his backstory?
still from bbc video
Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • unique approach - unusual way of dealing with something, unlike anybody else
  • prey - an animal that is hunted or killed by another animal for food
  • intercept - catch, grab
  • midair - somewhere above the ground; in the middle of the air
  • potential danger - possible danger
  • dignitaries - people who have a high rank or an important position
  • talons - the sharp claws on the feet of some birds
  • are committed to the plan - have decide to go ahead with the plan
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. For what purpose are the Dutch police training eagles?

  2. Name three situations in which these special eagles might be used.

  3. In what way is using eagles a different approach from the old approach?

donderdag 18 mei 2017

No Small Fry

This week, 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson made the news.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • a deep desire - a strong wish for something
  • inquiry - request for information
  • negotians intensified - talks to reach an agreement became really tough
  • hit the target - achieve a specific goal; reach the point you set earlier
  • know no bounds - have no limits
  • typecast - situation that everybody always sees you in the same kind of way or just sees this one aspect of you
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Who is Carter Wilkerson?

  2. What did he do?

  3. What does Ellen Degeneres have to do with it all?

  4. What is Carter’s nickname? Can you think of any other possible nicknames? Write them down.

  5. What is Carter having for dinner tonight?

WannaCry

On 12 May 2017 WannaCry began affecting computers worldwide. WannaCry is so-called ransomware.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • ransom - money that is paid in order to free someone who has been captured or kidnapped
  • dodgy - false; looking like it cannot be trusted
  • flu - a common disease that is caused by a virus and that causes fever, weakness, body aches, and breathing problems
  • think twice - think seriously about whether you really should do something before you do it
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How does ransomware work?

  2. What can happen if a computer in a network is infected by ransomware?

  3. Name the three things you can do to protect your computer.

donderdag 11 mei 2017

International Museum Day

May 18 is International Museum Day. Elliot checked out The British Museum in London. He wanted to see if it’s fun for kids to visit.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • epic - very impressive
  • sword - a weapon with a long metal blade that has a sharp point and edge
  • pocket money - money that kids get from their parents regularly
  • very crammed - full of people
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What is Elliot’s general impression of the British Museum?

  2. How old is Elliot?

  3. Elliot loves Samurai swords. What does he like even better?

  4. How much does the water cost?

  5. Why is the museum better than school?

  6. Elliot sees all kinds of stuff in the museum. What would you like to see there?